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OUR PRIDE's 2021 theme This UNITES Us is created, in part, to counter racism and oppression, and to amplify the voices of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other People of Color and marginalized peoples.
Advocating and mobilizing for racial & gender justice is a unifying force which is at the heart of next generation LGBTQ+ leaders focused on standing against discrimination, harassment, and violence based on race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Taking the lead in this movement is the GSA Network, which is empowering and training queer, trans and allied youth leaders to advocate, organize, and mobilize an intersectional movement for safer schools and healthier communities.
As LGBTQ+ Pride is celebrated in countries throughout the world, racism and oppression is an issue the event organizers have to deal with regularly. They continually ask the questions: how do we identify this, and what are the potential solutions?
Additionally, it is still often unclear about what constitutes racism, unconscious bias, prejudice, micro-aggression, oppression, colorism, colonialism, and how these are all interconnected.
Racial justice issues are fundamental to InterPride, the international organization of Pride event organizers, with education and advocacy of racism-related issues and oppression being a 365-day effort.
As a member of InterPride, we are supporting the InterPride Racism & Oppression Awareness Program (ROAP), which is created to elevate issues of race, racism and racial justice within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as all forms of oppression, including homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, classism, sexism, and xenophobia.